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AfroSolo Arts Festival - Black Voices: Our Stories, Our Lives (Program A)
African American Arts and Culture Center
San Francisco, CA
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AfroSolo Arts Festival - Black Voices: Our Stories, Our Lives (Program A)
Program A

Performances Featuring Stephanie Anne Johnson

Friday, September 19, 7pm Opening Gala Reception, 8pm Performance, $30
Sunday, September 21, 3pm Performance, $15-$25
Friday, September 26, 8pm Performance, $15-$25
Sunday, September  28, 3pm Performance, $15-$25

Stephanie Anne Johnson will perform "Every Twenty Days: Cancer, Yoga and Me," her personal story about being diagnosed with cancer in December 2012. The title refers to her chemotherapy treatments, self-healing practices, and remembrances of family and friends who died from this disease. It's an intimate, funny, and uplifting story about the journey from diagnosis to treatment to physical well being.Johnson is an AfroSolo alumna as a visual artist and lighting designer. With more than thirty-five years of experience behind the scenes, this show represents Johnson's first venture into playwriting and solo performance.

Program B

Performances Featuring: Lance Burton, Tarika Lewis and Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young

Saturday, September 20, 7pm Opening Gala Reception, 8pm performance, $30,
(This performance is a fundraiser for KPOO FM Radio)
Sunday, September 21, 7pm performance, $15-$25
Saturday, September 27, 8 pm performance, $15-$25
Sunday, September 28, 7pm performance, $15-$25

Lance Burton will perform "The Irrelevance of Being Relevant," the story of a Black man who, as a 1st grader, left Little Rock, Arkansas for San Francisco just as the 101st Airborne dropped into Little Rock to escort 9 Black students into Central High School. He shares his trials as a teen navigating 1960's civil rights in the Fillmore and protests in the Haight/Ashbury. Leaping to years later, he considers the struggles of loves, marriage and a 30-year career on the fringe of media and technology as a Black man in San Francisco. Burton is a media entrepreneur creating print, video and photographic features, stories and profiles that depict the Black experience in San Francisco over the past 75 years.

Tarika Lewis performs "My Life As A Black Panther", her personal story as the first female to join the Black Panther Party (BPP) for Self Defense in 1967.  She was one of the founding members of It's About Time, a website dedicated to the legacy and alumni of the BPP. She was also a consultant on the movie"Panther" by Marlo Van Peebles and played herself ina few scenes. Lewisis an accomplished violinist and has traveled the world playing in the Legendary John Handy's Band and many others. Lewis is the director of MyStringsOfSoul, a youth instruction and string ensemble that performs Jazz, Traditional African, Hip Hop, R&B and good Soul music.

Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young performs "If God Wanted Me To Fly," an autobiographical story about the last time he spent time with his father's father and how his granddad's favorite pair of dress shoes traveled with Young around the world. DJ Lamont is a KPOO programmer, renowned disc jockey, and audio storyteller. He now takes those skills and live performance to the stage. Young is the founder of Fingersnaps Media Arts, which is dedicated to the education, cultivation, and inspiration of DJ culture.


African American Arts and Culture Center (View)
762 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States



Minimum Age: 10


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